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Athletics' Tyler Clippard wants more work
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:21 pm ET) Athletics closer Tyler Clippard hasn't had many save opportunities this season. He's appeared in just 10 of the team's first 27 games, and just three have been save opportunities.

"I’m surprised at how much I’ve pitched so far,"’ Clippard said, per the Inside the A's blog. "I’m used to pitching a lot, and I like it. It’s been a fluky season for us so for. We’ve won by a lot, we lost by a lot. It’s been a weird year. It’s different not pitching. You get anxious out there, wondering when it will happen. You don’t want frustrations to build up. As much as possible you want to keep on an even keel, and it becomes difficult."

 


Tim Stauffer playing catch for Twins, Casey Fien still waiting
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:15 pm ET) Twins pitcher Tim Stauffer, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal, has taken a step toward returning. 

GM Terry Ryan said that Stauffer has started playing catch, per MLB.com

The news on Casey Fien, disabled with a shoulder injury, wasn't as good. Fien still hasn't begun throwing, Ryan said. 


Giants' Angel Pagan playing through fingernail issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:06 pm ET) Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is in the starting lineup and batting third Tuesday despite dealing with a finger issue in Monday's game, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Pagan said he got his left middle fingernail "cracked pretty good" when spiked in Monday's game. He was able to pick up two singles early in the game before finishing the night 2 for 4 at the plate.

Pagan has hit .350/.373/.447 with eight RBI and three stolen bases in 103 at-bats.


Cubs promote P James Russell from Triple A; release P Blake Parker
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(8:03 pm ET) The Cubs have purchased the contract of pitcher James Russell from Triple-A Iowa and designated for assignment pitcher Blake Parker, per ESPNChicago. 

Russell did not allow a run in 9 1/3 innings of relief while Parker pitched in three games, allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings, in Triple-A.


Giants' Bochy encouraged by Hunter Pence's BP session
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:00 pm ET) Giants manager Bruce Bochy was encouraged by the batting-practice session of right fielder Hunter Pence Tuesday, CSN Bay Area reports.

Pence has yet to play this season after suffering a broken forearm during spring training. A decision on the next step in his rehab will be made in the coming days.


Giants SP Jake Peavy's second bullpen goes well
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:59 pm ET) Giants pitcher Jake Peavy threw his second bullpen session Tuesday and things went well, CSN Bay Area reports.

Peavy is on the disabled list due to a back strain. The team will make a decision on the next step of his rehab in the next few days.

Peavy is 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA and 7:4 K:BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings across two starts.


Mariners' Tom Wilhelmsen to throw simulated game Wednesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:47 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday as a part of his rehab assignment, according to The News Tribune.

Wilhelmsen, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, also threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and is expected to return to the team in mid-May.


Dodgers send P Scott Baker, INF Andy Wilkins to Triple-A
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(7:40 pm ET) The Dodgers have outrighted pitcher Scott Baker and optioned infielder Andy Wilkins to Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to MLB.com

The Dodgers designated Baker for assignment and acquired Wilkins from the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Baker had an 0-1 record in two starts this season with a 5.73 ERA while Wilkins appeared in 17 games last season for the White Sox (.140 avg., two RBI).


Braves' Kelly Johnson credits Kevin Seitzer with hot start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:32 pm ET) Braves left fielder/third baseman Kelly Johnson credited first-year hitting coach Kevin Seitzer with his increased offensive production, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"Like I was saying in the spring, it’s the stuff that Seitz preaches," Johnson said. "Staying on top of it, trying to be a consistent as you can, not deviate — good or bad, just keep working."

Johnson said he's benefited "big time" by following Seitzer's tenets as well as his attention to detail and persistence.

"He’s so big on not trying to do too much, stay in the middle – all the stuff he says, just BP and the approach and having all that kind of take care of some stuff and clean stuff up," Johnson said. "For me personally, I think sometimes you turn up the knob a little bit and try to do too much, or maybe you get going and you feel pretty good and you keep trying to do better and better, and hit the ball farther and farther, or whatever, instead of just continuing to do the same thing and let the results take care of themselves."

Johnson comes into Tuesday's game hitting .246/.292/.525 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 61 at-bats.


Yankees' Girardi blames bad luck for Stephen Drew slump
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7:24 pm ET) Yankees infielder Stephen Drew is hitting .149 and it 0 for his last 17. 

Despite the prolonged slump, manager Joe Girardi doesn't sound close to making any major changes. 

"He really hasn't had a lot of luck," Girardi said of Drew, per NJ.com.

"He's had some really big hits for us," Girardi said. "I know he's a better hitter than what the average shows. I know that. I know he's started slow but a lot of good players start slow."


 
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